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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 27, 2011 12:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob

One of my favorite Bobby moments is one I never hear anybody ever talk about. His slide solo in Rooster from Dead Ahead (10/31/80). Something about that one still fascinates me. You wouldn't think Bob Weir playing slide guitar in 1980 would be one of your most memorable moments, but there it is. Something about that performance, I rarely if ever listen to any of the dozens and dozens of live versions I have of the song, but I can put on 10/31 anytime and am always thrilled with the way the entire band is really "on" during such a seemingly mundane first set song.

It's funny though because Dead Ahead was one of the first live recordings I had in my earliest days as a budding Deadhead. And that Rooster immensely helped contribute to that initial period of learning to love the music and wanting to explore their live catalog. Now it's just a throwaway sortof song for me. I mean I like it, I don't complain if I see it live. But in terms of my home listening, it's not a song that comes up often.

After that Rooster helped turn me into a Deadhead, I also had a relationship or connection with the song when it came to seeing local shows. Weir has played the song every time he's performed in St. Louis in the last 10+ years (within exception of the Furthur show in November). You could always count on Ratdog doing a Rooster whenever they were here, and Johnnie Johnson sat in for all of them, until he died a few years ago. He also sat in when The Dead did it here in 2003 or 2004 (I think they played it at both shows in 03 and 00). So it always had a local connection for me, which I have always felt was pretty cool, because it was such an important song to me in that first year or so of becoming a Deadhead. Seems like one of those little Grateful Dead coincidences.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 27, 2011 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob

> the entire band is really "on" during such a seemingly mundane first set song.

I love those finds too.

I am going straight away to the Halloween '81 Rooster!

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 28, 2011 2:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob

Yeah those are such great moments. Because they aren't as easy to find. A show might get a lot of mentions for some great string of songs or amazing/unique jams or because of having longer song lengths than most versions. But it goes back to the subjectivity thing, while there are the performances of particular versions of songs or sequences/particular jams amd such that are spoken of often and regarded by the majority of the community to be "a must hear," it's much more rare to find a lot of discussions about some random version of Big River or something that has some really great Keith solo, or some take on Brown Eyed Women where Billy does some cool little drum fill that just grabs you, or maybe some little 30 second segment where Weir plays some really cool chords that match up telepathically with what Phil was playing, etc. Hundreds of them come to mind for me, but many are things that are difficult to explain, they just have to be heard (it doesn't help when one doesn't have a good understanding of musical theory and terminology, like "Jerry lays down some sick arpeggios between 5:34-6:00").

One of mine is the intro jam segment into Fire on the Mountain from 5/17/77, I believe it is. For about a minute, Jerry hits these percussive strums "on the 4" that are really cool.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 28, 2011 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob

This Minglewood has it. Check Phil out with the walking lead. This topic in general would make an excellent thread.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-10-10.sonyecm220T.keshavan.miller.93733.sbeok.flac24